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Parable of the talents, Part two

An ancient Greek amphora.

A talent was approximately the mass of the water required to fill an amphora
An ancient Greek amphora. A talent was approximately the mass of the water required to fill an amphora

Hopefully you have read Matthew chapters 24 and 25 and are familiar with the Parable of the Talents.

Continuing from Parable of the talents, Part one , with the master giving each of His servants a measure of His property (talent), each according to their own ability. From the link I provided, we know that a talent is a measure of money, likely silver or gold. Since the Lord only uses the term “talent”, it seems safe to assume that the owner of the talents is wealthy. He evidently holds these servants in high esteem since they are the caretakers of His money. He knows what each of them are and are not capable of and distributes His property accordingly.

These stewards must know the character and personality of the man, for we see no evidence here that He gave them specific instructions in handling His property. They were expected to use their personal talents to invest His talents.

As the parable goes, the servant who was entrusted with five talents earned another five. The servant with two talents doubled his money also, bringing two more talents. The last servant, however, was trusted with one talent and obviously did nothing with it. For when his master returned he had nothing to show for the trust shown him apart from the one talent he had been given. He came to the master with nothing more than excuses for his laziness and lack of respect for his masters trust, neither of which did the master tolerate.

The first two servants were rewarded both with words of praise and the promise of more responsibility which, in turn, would bring greater reward. The lazy, disrespectful servant was not only stripped of the one talent given but would face the consequences of his lack of action. We will find out next time what those consequences were and how we can apply this message to our own lives.


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